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April 2016

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 April 2016


Health Matters is celebrating our 12th anniversary with drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate each week.


We will also give 12% Discount on Wednesdays in April.
Our Monroe Farmers Market will continue to provide local eggs, honey, winter vegetables, warming teas, baked goods, and hand crafted items all winter long.  We are very fortunate to have these dedicated farmers and crafters year-round.


Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00 Visit


  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment


Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Orders due April 20 at noon; Pickup April 22 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate


 First FridayDowntown Monroe April 1 we will be open until 7pm-Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday


Join many businesses with art exhibit, food and drink specials, etc


. Transitions for Women a support group for women, in their 50’s and 60’s that have lost their partners-Next Meeting held at First Presbyterian Church April 23 3:00 PM


Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM 


Namaste Yoga Center 8177 Secor Rd. Lambertville for schedule you can go to www.namasteyogacenter.weebly.comor pick up schedule at the store.


Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education


Kitchen Transition April 12 6:30-7:30 #K95; Homemade Herbal #1 May 3 6:30-7:30 #K92


Homemade Herbal #2 May 10 6:30-7:30 #K92


   Healthy Happenings:  Natural Remedies for Arthritis from Get a Grip On Arthritis Lorna Vanerhaeghe


Many customers have requested information on arthritis, which includes gout, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyalgia rheumatic, Raynaud’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and lupus. Many years ago my husband had joint pain that was diagnosed as reactive arthritis (Reiter’s Disease) from a chronic prostate infection.  He was given long term (6 months+) antibiotic treatment by a medical doctor trained in alternative therapies.  I was just learning about natural remedies at that time.  It was wonderful to have a doctor that was willing to treat the problem not just give medications to treat the symptoms.


·         Types of Arthritis:


1.        Ankylosing Spondylitis


2.        Gout


3.        Juvenile Chronic Arthritis


4.        Osteoarthritis (the most common type)


5.        Polymyalgia Rheumatica


6.        Psoriatic Arthritis


7.        Raynaud’s phenomenon


8.        Reiter’s Disease


9.        Rheumatoid Arthritis


10.     Sjogren’s Syndome


11.     Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


·         Dietary Recommendations:


1.        Drink 8 to 10 glasses for pure, clean, filtered water every day to keep your joint cushions from becoming dehydrated.  For every juice or caffeinated beverage that you consume, you must have an extra glass of water.


2.        Avoid these foods to prevent flare-ups:  citrus fruit, milk, organ meats, sugar products, table salt, paprika and cayenne pepper, tobacco and any member of the nightshade family (potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers).


3.        Focus you diet on natural, whole foods:  fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, seafood and fresh fish.  They are keys to halting inflammation at the source.  Eat foods rich in sulfur, including garlic, onions and asparagus.


4.        Drink tart cherry juice concentrate that is rich in anthocyanins, a class of antioxidant phytochemical that many reduce inflammation, at levels similar to some popular pain medications.


5.        Raw Apple Cider Vinegar can reduce pain and stiffness of arthritis by dissolving the acid crystals that build up in the joints.  (See recipe below)


·         Nutritional Supplements:


1.        Multiple Vitamin-Taken at least twice a day, provides a solid nutrient foundation that supports muscle, cartilage and bone development; helps support healthy immune function; controls inflammatory factors.


2.        Glucosamine Sulfate:  Repairs cartilage. Recommended dose: 500 mg three times per day


3.        Fish Oil (pharmaceutical grade): reduces hormones (eicosanoids) responsible for increasing inflammation; prevents cartilage damage; reduces associated pain.  Recommended dose 3,000 mg per day- When shopping for Omega 3 supplements we need to add EPA and DHA levels to equal 3,000 mg.


4.        GLA from Evening Primrose oil or Borage oil:  Reduces pain and inflammation and morning stiffness.  Recommended doses: Adult 2,00mg Borage oil or 4,000mg EPO; children 500-1000 borage oil or 1,000-2,000 EPO per day


5.        Enzymes (Zymactive) (Proteolytic enzymes):   Reduces inflammation in the joints; controls immune function that further destroys joint tissue.


6.        Bromelain (contains sulfur and proteolytic enzymes): Anti-inflammatory; improves joint mobility, reduces swelling.  Recommended dosage 500-1,000mg (2,400-4,800 GDU) per day on an empty stomach


7.        MSM:  MSM is a sulfur compound that is anti-inflammatory.  Recommended dose 1-2 grams per day


8.        Hyaluronic Acid:  Hyaluronic acid is an important constituent of joint fluid, where it serves as a lubricant and plays a role in resisting compressive forces.


·         Herbal Remedies:


1.        Turmeric (curcumin): works to reduce inflammation.  We sell Curamin Extra Strength which is guaranteed by the company to reduce pain. 


2.        Boswellia: Sometimes called natural Motrin.  Boswellia is anti-inflammatory, as effective as NSAIDs. 


3.        White Willow Bark: reduces pain and inflammation.


·         Homeopathic Remedies:


1.        Rhus Tox is used by customers that have rusty gait symptoms (wake up stiff in the morning with less pain after moving around)


2.        Arthritis pain formula by Hyland


3.        Arnica Gel is used to reduce pain in joints


·         General Recommendations:


1.        Use hot or cold compresses on the area to alleviate pain and inflammation.


2.        Take hot baths or saunas to keep the joints warm


3.        Topical ointments like Topricin, capsaicin, menthol, Dimethy sulfoxide (DMSO) can reduce pain.


4.        Non-weight bearing exercises like water aerobics, swimming, stationary cycling and yoga can be performed to keep joints mobile.  It is recommended to keep joints moving to reduce the pain and stiffness.


 Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-


Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883


Store News:


v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available


v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.


v  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.


v  Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: Shiny, happy shoes   Commercial shoe polishes often contain environmentally damaging ingredients, such as trichloroethylene, methylene chloride, and nitrobenzene. Instead, rub leather shoes with olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice using a thick cotton or terry cloth rag, leave for a few minutes, and buff to a deep, natural shine with a soft, dry cloth.


Words to Live By:  When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.  Eleanor Roosevelt


Recipe of the Month


Vinegar Arthritis Remedy                                                                      Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegary Drink


2 cups filtered water                                                                               1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


½ cup raw apple cider vinegar                                                                in 8 ounces filtered water.


¼ cup raw honey                                                                                     You can add 1-2 teaspoons raw honey or a few


                                                                                                                 drops of stevia or 1-2 teaspoon pure maple syrup


Bring to boil water and apple cider vinegar,                                         


Remove from heat and add honey.


Cool then refrigerate




First month take ¼ cup with food 3 times a day


Second month take ¼ cup with food 2 times a day


Third month take ¼ cup with food daily


This remedy can be taken daily indefinitely                                                                                                                 


Maurine Natural Nurse


Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161




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April 2016 Natural Remedies for Arthritis
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